1st Generation (1998—2003) Durango Problems

This generations ranks 57th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (39%), transmission (10%), and the hvac (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Oil Sludge in Engine 46 complaints at an average of 96,352 miles in the 2000 Dodge Durango.
  2. Oil Sludge Resulting in Engine Failure 21 complaints at an average of 83,550 miles in the 2002 Dodge Durango.
  3. Shuts Down While Driving 184 complaints at an average of 141,913 miles in the 1999 Dodge Durango.

What Durango Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 2000 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2003 109 6 30 30.04
2002 114 6 35 30.98
2001 145 7 61 35.52
2000 311 4 82 50.12
1999 620 5 89 34.62
1998 108 6 101 19.52

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